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France : Champagne-Ardenne

near Éclaires, Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France
Approx. altitude: 160 m (524 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 49°S 175°W

Accuracy: 50 m (164 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View West from the closest approach on the street towards the point (50 metres to go) #3: View North #4: View East #5: View South with the graveyard and the church behind the trees #6: Church and graveyard #7: GPS

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  49°N 5°E (visit #5) (secondary) 

#1: CP 80 metres North of me (church in my back)

(visited by Florian Schindler)

03-Jun-2010 -- My way from 49°N-06°E took me via Verdun. This town is well known for the severe battles during two World Wars and I passed many war cemeteries. I am glad that the time of war between our countries is over and we are now friends. This is not only theory but proved during this voyage, because the French people were very friendly to me.

Unfortunately I did not have the time for a thorough visit of this area. Beside the war stuff there are also a lot of other sights in this region, definitely worth an extra visit.

When I passed the town Les Islettes my navigation system guided me through secondary highways to the village of Éclaires. I parked my car at the entrance to the graveyard, 60 metres beeline to the Confluence Point. This was nearly the closest approach, because the exact point is in private property and I did not want to disturb the owners to seek permission. I also walked through the graveyard uphill to the church and took a photo towards the point north of me. Even at the church I was within 80 metres.

Satisfied with three successfully visited Confluence Points I drove to Châlons-sur-Champagne and pitched up my tent at the local camping site with enough spare time until the reception closed. To my surprise there were lots of British visitors at this site and one couple showed that they are in the country of excellent food: their dinner was oysters!

During this long day I put 760 kilometres on my odometer. I had a really good sleep and dreamed of my next goal: 49°N-04°E!


 All pictures
#1: CP 80 metres North of me (church in my back)
#2: View West from the closest approach on the street towards the point (50 metres to go)
#3: View North
#4: View East
#5: View South with the graveyard and the church behind the trees
#6: Church and graveyard
#7: GPS
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